Twenty Questions with Lana Morrison


Welcome To Twenty Questions!

Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Lana Morrison, 24, Image courtesy of Anyone Girl via My Chameleon

What is your full name?

Lana Merle Morrison.


How old are you?

24 years old.


How old do you feel?

I think I feel 24, sometimes I feel much older and then sometimes when I’ve overworked myself in some capacity I feel 7 or 8 years old.


Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Hamilton and I now live in Point Chev, Auckland.


What do you do for work?

I’m the Sales and Brand Manager for furniture design studio, Douglas and Bec.


What do you do for fun?

Drawing. Pretend shopping on the Internet (mostly Ebay and Trademe – I LOVE a bargin). Getting away to my family bach in Waihi. Cooking and eating homemade meals with my friends. Drinking wine. Lots of fun things!


Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

I did a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at the Elam School Of Fine Arts in Auckland.


What is your favourite movie of all time?

Please pardon my refined taste in movies, but here are all my favourites which are absolutely guaranteed to make me feel good every single time:

It Takes Two (a Mary Kate & Ashley classic), Moonrise Kingdom, Begin Again, Heathers, A Cinderella Story (Chad Michael Murray in his prime), The Big Sick, She’s All That, My Girl (if you need a good cry), Clueless, About a Boy, Erin Brockovich, and The Lizzie McGuire Movie (because come on, it’s awesome).

It’s classic for me to stay inside my comfort zone and just re-watch these guys.


What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

When all my friends were moving to Dunedin after 7th form I moved to Switzerland. I decided to re-do my 7th form year, just for fun, in Porrentruy – a small, French-speaking rural canton. It was a very humbling experience. I didn’t pass the exams at the end of the year but my French became so much better.


Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Learning how to do life in general. How to not spend too much money on fashion so I can eat for the week etc.


Best moment of your twenties so far?

Getting my degree. When I returned from Switzerland I started a Bachelor of Arts and then a year later I changed into my Bachelor of Fine Arts, a four-year degree. At the time I felt really behind my friends in terms of having jobs and working but I’m so proud of myself for sticking to it.

You spend such a long time working once you start and I have such admiration for people that stick to things and are known to “pull through”. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately;  how I can do my best and always keep my word.

The things we do aren’t always going to be exciting and amazing, riding the lows are at least 60% of the journey.


Who do you miss?

I have most of my favourite people close to me at the moment, but I miss my cat, Moppet. He died a few years ago and was just the best.


What do you like the most about yourself?

My ability to bounce back from things.


 What do you like the least about yourself?

I can get so caught up in looks, what I have and what I don’t. Those common anxieties and pains.


If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

I don’t have a tattoo. I don’t think I could ever commit to one.


How would your friends describe you?

Hopefully loyal, honest and kind.


How would your parents describe you?

Determined, hardworking, with a crazy, creative mind.


When was the last time you cried?

On Sunday! I was so tired and hungover, I desperately wanted to clean my messy house but I was too grumpy and sick. Haha.


What are you afraid of?

Not living a full and happy life. I know that sounds silly but I think so much of your twenties is about setting yourself up for later in life and I feel like I’m slowing putting things into place so that I can go crazy and eat up all the world has to offer.


If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

I had a bad break up in my early twenties. I regret the way I rebounded and treated the people around me back then. But then again, I might not have become the person I am now.